Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2018:
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The Atlanta Braves have reportedly recalled top prospect Ronald Acuna from Triple-A. Acuna is arguably the best prospect in all of baseball and a player the Braves refused to trade all offseason. Over five minor league seasons, Acuna hit .304 with 30 home runs, 121 RBI and 78 stolen bases. Acuna is a five-tool player who could make a difference with both the bat and on the base paths. Atlanta is hoping he can be the cornerstone of the franchise for years to come. As for fantasy owners, Acuna needs to be owned immediately, as he should be receiving regular playing time and could make an early impact. At just 20 years old, Acuna has a chance to be a real game-changer for the Atlanta Braves and your fantasy rosters.
Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna blew his first save of the year Tuesday against the Red Sox. Staked to a two-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth inning, Osuna gave up two runs, including four hits (all singles) and a walk. Osuna was actually fortunate that the damage wasn't worse, as Eduardo Nuñez ended the inning by getting thrown out at home trying to score the go-ahead run. The runs were the first of the season for Osuna, but his job is in no danger at all thanks to his 1.74 ERA and six saves on the year.
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini should be in the lineup Wednesday against the Rays after missing the past three games due to a knee injury suffered Friday. Mancini was penciled into his usual spot leading off for the Orioles on Tuesday before the game was postponed. With Mancini being off to a solid start with his .280 average and two homers, he should be in your fantasy lineup Wednesday as long as he's in the Orioles lineup.
Making his major league debut, San Diego Padres rookie starter Eric Lauer was hammered for seven runs (six earned) in Tuesday's loss to the Colorado Rockies. Lauer was a victim of spotty defense in the first inning that allowed his first two runs. The wheels then came off in a five-run second inning highlighted by a Trevor Story grand slam. Lauer ultimately completed three innings pitched, surrendering six hits and four walks. He struck out three batters. Including Lauer, seven visiting starters have made their unfortunate debuts at Coors Field to the tune of an 8.69 ERA. The matchup was a tough draw for the Padres No. 12 prospect but he should get another shot to make an impression. His next scheduled start will come next week visiting the San Francisco Giants.
It took a four-run surge in the ninth inning to save Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy from getting his first loss of the 2018 season. McCarthy, who went five innings and gave up five runs, though three were earned, was going to be on the hook for the 'L" before that ninth. He'll likely pitch the final game of the series against the Phillies on Sunday. The Phillies have started off hot, so see how the first couple of games go before deciding whether to start him.
Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman did what he could to try to keep his team in the game on April 24, including hitting a critical homer as part of a ninth inning that saw them storm back with four runs to tie the game at seven against Cincinnati. Freeman's ninth-inning jack was the second of the game for him and his fourth of the season. So yeah, he's definitely fine after being hit on the hand during a game the previous week. As long as he's healthy, play him.
Atlanta Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte was part of a hitting attack that saw them score four runs in the ninth to tie the game against Cincinnati on April 24. Inciarte went 2-for-6 with two RBI. Alas, it was not enough as Atlanta fell, 9-7, in 12 innings. The outfielder has brought his average up to .258 and he has eight RBI. His stat line is still not that exciting, but he looks to possibly be coming around.
The New York Yankees connected four home runs for a second consecutive game on Tuesday night as Gary Sanchez starred in an 8-3 victory. The All-Star catcher smacked a solo home run to right center in the second inning, putting his team on the board and tying the game at a run apiece. In the seventh, the 25-year-old drilled his second home run of the game, a two-run blast to Monument Park. After starting slow, Sanchez has really picked it up at the plate over the last seven games, hitting .333 with eight RBI and a pair of home runs.
After failing to record a hit in his much-anticipated debut Sunday afternoon, top New York Yankees prospect Gleyber Torres recorded his first career hit on Monday. Tuesday night in the Bronx, however, the 21-year-old took a step further, recording his first RBI in New York's 8-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Torres once again started at second base and batted ninth, recording two hits on the night. The rookie was all smiles, alongside many of his teammates, as the club smacked four home runs for a second consecutive game. They stand just four games out of first place in the AL East.
Making his second start since returning from a disabled list stint, veteran left-hander CC Sabathia had his finest start of the season on Tuesday night. The 37-year-old went a season-long six innings, not giving up an earned run while conceding two hits and a walk. Sabathia also struck out four, tossing 82 pitches in his first victory of the season. The Yankees are currently playing their best baseball of the season, and with Sabathia going well, they look even stronger. The 2009 World Series champion is scheduled to make his next start in Anaheim on Sunday against the Angels.
Oakland Athletics pitching prospect Jesus Luzardo pitched well Tuesday night against Corpus Christi in his first Double-A start after being promoted. He struck out five batters and gave up one walk, while allowing two runs on three hits in five innings. The Athletics are moving Luzardo quickly, considering he has already had Tommy John surgery. Additionally, he only made three starts in High-A before being promoted to Midland. Luzardo should be owned in all dynasty leagues.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello came up a little short in his bid to be MLBs first five-game winner. He took the no-decision against the Blue Jays but he did finish the game with a bunch of threes. In seven innings, he scattered three runs on three hits, allowed three walks but did strikeout nine batters. He will try again for his fifth win back home against the Rays, another favorable start.
Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Yimi Garcia (elbow) is nearing the end of his rehab but still won't be back until May, according to Dave Roberts. The plan is to then give him a full season's workload for the rest of the summer. Garcia hasn't pitched since 2016 after getting Tommy John surgery on October 25th of that year. His high water mark came in 2015 when he pitched 56 2/3 innings, striking out 68 batters while walking only 10. The Dodgers haven't had anyone reliable in their bullpen besides Ross Stripling and Josh Fields, so Garcia could get a good look as the team's bridge to Kenley Jansen.
Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi earned the golden sombrero Tuesday night against the Blue Jays. His night ended going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts and a flyout. In 14 at-bats, Benintendi is hitting a woeful .071 against left-handed pitching, which does not include three strikeouts Tuesday night. This isn't Bentintedi having a bad day; he historically has had some trouble with left-handers. In 2017, he hit .232 in 131 plate appearances. Benintendi will get on track eventually. Until then, be careful which lefty you start him against.
Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez extended his hit streak to seven on Tuesday. Baez has been absolutely on fire since the second week of the season and went 2-for-5 on Tuesday. During his hit streak, he has six multi-hit games. On the year he is hitting .299 with seven home runs, 24 RBI and a 1.099 OPS. Owners who took a chance on Baez are seeing a nice return early on.
Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber hit two more home runs on Tuesday versus the Cleveland Indians. Schwarber has had a strong rebound season so far in 2018. The slugger finished 2-for-5 Tuesday.He now has six home runs to go along with 16 RBI and a .306 batting average. He should be owned in all leagues.
Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras connected for his first home run of the season Tuesday versus the Cleveland Indians. Contreras had been in a bit of a mini slump, so it was good to see him take Josh Tomlin deep. Contreras finished the game 1-for-4 with a walk and is not hitting .274 on the season. He remains one of the top catchers in all formats.
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood picked up his second quality start of the year Tuesday evening versus the Cleveland Indians. Chatwood once again struggled with his command by allowing five walks, but he was able to escape any damage. He finished the game going six innings and allowed four hits, one run and struck out five batters. Chatwood was a sleeper candidate entering 2018, but will need to better his command if he is going to be worth owning in fantasy circles.
Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward is beginning to heat. Heyward went 2-for-4 Tuesday with a run scored. Heyward now has four straight multi-hit games in a row and has hit in five straight games. Heyward has been a hard player to trust, but now is as good as a time as there will ever be to take a shot on him.
Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ went 3-for-4 Tuesday evening. Happ hit a home run and picked up a pair of singles. It was a game that Happ really needed as he's been off to a slow start. Happ is off to a slow start but should still be rostered as a bench option due to his upside.
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